North Dakota reports 269 new virus cases, 5 related deaths
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Wednesday reported 269 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths related to the coronavirus, including two in Burleigh County and two in Eddy County. The other death was in McLean County.
The state has recorded 172 deaths since the pandemic began, which is 46th highest in the country overall and the 37th highest per capita, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The volunteer organization ranks North Dakota No. 1 overall in the number of cases per capita in the last two weeks.
Officials confirmed cases in 35 counties in the last day, led by Cass County with 80, Williams County with 49, Burleigh County with 17 and Ward County with 13. There were no other counties with cases in double figures.
The number of active cases in the state dropped by 36, to 2,528. The number of hospitalizations remained unchanged at 62.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.